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Leontice.']                           -FLORA INDICA.                                    229
There is also in our Sikkim collections (from alt. 9000 ped.) a Herbaria belonging
apparently to this section, but which, from want of fruit, we have not been able to
reduce to any of the above, it being in flower aud young leaf only. The flowers
are small, otherwise like those of J9. concinna and, macrosepala, but they are fascicu-
late or sub umbellate on a slender peduncle. The leaves are obovate lanceolate, en-
tire, aristate, and in the young state membranous.
2. LEONTICE, L.
Sepala 6, colorata. Petala 6, sepalis opposita, breviora, unguiculata;
ungue squamula aucto. Stamina 6, petalis opposita ; antJieris extrorsis
valvulis a basi sursum revolutis dehiscentibus. Ovariuw 1-loculare;
ovulis basilaribus. Stylus brevis rectus ; tligmate simpUci. Capsula ve-
sicaria, membranacea, irregulariter rupta. Semina subglobosa, basi ex-
cavata, umbilicata. Embryo in albuminis dense carnosi basi endopleurae
duplicatura vaginatus, minimus; cotyiedonibus brevissirnis subdivari-
catis; radicula infera.—Herbse ylaberrmue, rhizomate tuberose -jperen-
nante, caalibus annuls, foliis, radicalisms sectis:
The nearest ally of this genus is the North American Caulophylluni tkaliatraidea,
Mich., which agrees with it in most characters, but differs in habit and inflorescence,
in the bracts external to the sepals, in the fleshy sarcocarp of its fruit, and in the
latter becoming ruptured long before the ripening of the seeds. Several species of
Leontice are enumerated besides the L. Leontopetalum, some of which may occur in
Tibet, or the provinces west of India proper; but of thepe the L. Altaica; Tvhich
ranges from Odessa, to Tarbagatai in Soongaria (near the confines of Western Tibet), is
the only one of which we have an accurate knowledge. Of the L. Vesicaria^ Pal.,
and L. JEversmanuii; Bunge, we have seen only, imperfect specimens, which we can-
not distinguish from small states of L. LeontopodiuM.
The ^duplication of the iuner coat of the seed, which forms a sheath to the
radicle of the embryo, is a very remarkable and hitherto unexplained fact, which
requires a careful study of the ovule in all stages of growth.
1. L. Leontopetaltun (Linn. Sp. PI. 448); foliis biternatim ser-
tis, foliolis petiolatis obovatis obtusis coriaceis, bracteis oblongis sub-
foliaceis pedicellis gracilibus multoties brevioribus.—Lam. III. t. 254.
/. 1; DC. 8y*L iL 25, Prod. i. 109 ; Led. IL Ross. i. 81; Griff. It. Notes
in dffgJtcw. Jburn. No. 235.
HAB. Tn montibus Afghanistan, Griffith! Beluchistan, Stocks!—(Fl.
vere.) (v. s.)
DISTRTB. Etruvin, Apulia, Greta (/>(?.), Grecia! Asia media (Lede-
bour) et minore 1 Syria! Mesopotamia I Persia !
HCerba, robusta, i~l i-pedalis, glauceacens. R/tdte tuberosa. Caulis crassus, me-
duUoaus. folia radicalia 1-2, caulina parva, louge petiolata, petiolo basi vaginante
amplexicauli, late deltoidea, biternata, 8-7 poll, lata; foliolis t-li-poUicaribus inte-
gerrimis reticulatam venosis, supremis lobatis partitisve. JRacemu* strictus, erectus,
crassus, simplex v, basi ramosus, pedicellis inferioribus folio teroato bracteatis, brac-
teis superioribus 2 lin, od | poll, longis, orbiculatis obiongiave, obtusis. Pedicelli
graciles, patentes, 1-2-pollicares. Wore* plurimi, aurei, i poll, diamotro. Sepata
6, obovata. Petala parvn, caruosa, pedicellata, late orbiculata, subtnloba, lilamentum
crassiusculum amplectentia. Ovarium oblique ovatum, in stylum cmasum truncatum
attenuAtum; stigmata tcrmhmli; ovulis 2-3. Capsula iullatn, iliamctro pollieari,
memliranacea, reticulatim venosa, oblique apiculata, demum obconica, apice irregula-
riter rupta. Semina 3, basilaria, globosa, bruuaea v. glauca, diametro pisi minoris.